At least 11 soldiers, including an army officer, have lost their lives and 13 others sustained injuries when an assailant detonated his explosive vest in Pakistan’s northern district of Swat, police say.
“The soldiers were playing volleyball in the evening outside the military base when a bomber managed to blow himself up,” said a local security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, on Saturday, shortly after the terrorist attack was carried out in Kabal area.
The outlawed militant group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also known as Pakistani Taliban, in a statement claimed the responsibility for the deadly attack, threatening that Islamabad should “wait for more (attacks).”
Swat is a river valley and an administrative district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. It is locally known as the Switzerland of Pakistan and was once a TTP stronghold from 2007 to 2009, when the Pakistani army launched a large-scale operation against the militants in the picturesque valley, destroying their hideouts within two months.